NY Court Tosses Suit Claiming Landlord Evaded Rent Laws

By Emma Whitford (October 8, 2021, 8:43 PM EDT) -- A New York state judge has dismissed a proposed class action from tenants who claim their landlord accepted tax breaks only to skirt state rent stabilization laws by reporting initial rents higher than those charged.

Kings County Supreme Court Justice Ingrid Joseph dismissed the October 2020 complaint Thursday, saying state agency policy holds that landlord MD CBD 180 Franklin LLC was not obligated to include one- or two-month rent concessions into initial 2016 rent calculations for its 118-unit Bedford-Stuyvesant property.

A fact sheet from New York's Department of Homes and Community Renewal, or DHCR, makes clear that "a rent concession for...

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